Item description for Aging: The Fulfillment of Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen & Walter J. Gaffney...
Overview Illustrates the problems experienced by the elderly in modern society and shows the benefits of bringing the aged into the mainstream of life
We are all aging. We are each a spoke on the great wheel of life, part of the ongoing cycle of growth. In "Aging," Henri J.M. Nouwen and Walter J. Gaffney share some moving and inspirational thoughts on what aging means (and "can" mean) to all of us, whether we're in our youth, middle age, or later years. Enhanced by some eighty-five photographs depicting various scenes from life and nature, this book shows how to make the later years a source of hope rather than a time of loneliness -- a way out of darkness into the light. "Aging," the authors write, "is not a reason for despair, but a basis of hope, not a slow decaying, but a gradual maturing, not a fate to be undergone but a chance to be embraced." And they remind us of our responsibility to incorporate the aged into the fabric of our own lives -- helping them become teachers again so they may help "us" repair the fragmented connections between generations. "Aging" shows us all how to start fulfilling our lives by giving to others, "so that when we leave this world, we can be what we have given." It is a warm, beautiful, and caring book: a simple reaffirmation of the promise of Him, who by His aging and death brought new life to this world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 13, 1976
ISBN 0385009186 ISBN13 9780385009188
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More About Henri J. M. Nouwen & Walter J. Gaffney
Henri J. M. Nouwen was a Catholic Priest who taught at several theological institutes and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States. He shared the final years of his life with people with mental and physical disablilities at L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, Canada. He died in 1996. He authoried many books on the spiritual life including Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodigal Son.
Henri J. M. Nouwen was born in 1932 and died in 1996.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Aging: The Fulfillment of Life?
Spiritual View of Aging Nov 4, 2006
Found this to be a positive, spiritual approach to aging. Better than most I've read.
a powerful book Jun 10, 2005
I agree with the previous reviewer that this book is a celebration of aging, but I'd also call attention to how incisive it is about aging as suffering in our society: and how convincing I found it on replacing despair with quiet exultation. Henri Nouwen always moves me with the deep simplicity of his writing. And the beautiful photographs intervene effectively in the text.
Celebrating Aging Feb 3, 2000
A celebration of aging in words and photographs. We are all aging. This book is for all of us. It is an inspirational look at how we can start wherever we are in life to make our own aging meaningful.